Sarah Millier travels to Miami where she pretends to be in the market for high-end real estate:
People say Miami is douchey, but really, I loved almost everything about it, the symmetry of the blue umbrellas on the beach, riding a bike under a canopy of trees, sitting on a wall watching the sunset, definitely not thinking about how sea water might be infiltrating the septic systems behind me. The whole time I was there I was like, yeah, I could see why no one wants to admit how fucked this place is…
…My friend is active in the local civic world, but says he’s skeptical even of the activist discourse around sea level rise. “There’s all this talk about ‘sustainability’ and ‘resilience,’ he said, “and it kind of sounds to me like “what’s the least we can do in order to keep the party going?”
I told him about someone I knew who had gone to a meeting about climate change where Miami officials had talked about how they had to demonstrate to the world that they were all about resilience, and how she had been amazed that they thought this was actually their job.
This is the neoliberal notion, that the reasonable and mature way to think about this stuff is: Get more efficient and find the right incentives to encourage the right kinds of enterprise. But my friend wondered, what if the mature thing to do is to mourn – and then retreat?Sarah Miller, Heaven or High Water, via Popula.
- NPR – Building For An Uncertain Future: Miami Residents Adapt To The Changing Climate
- Business Insider – Miami could be underwater within 80 years, but rich people keep buying luxury waterfront homes
- Orlando Sentinel – Underwater Homeowners Association underscores worries about rising sea levels in Miami